About us

Who we are

Following an extensive strategic review and planning process, REGLAP has now changed its name to the Dryland Learning and Capacity Building Initiative (DLCI) for improved policy and practice in the Horn of Africa and has registered as an independent resource organization.

DLCI is building on the mandate and work of REGLAP and is outlined in a strategic plan for 2014-2018 summarized as follows:

Vision: People in the dry-lands of the Horn of Africa are empowered and equitably represented in resilience and development policy and practice.

Mission: To promote evidence-based policy and practice amongst dry-land stakeholders.

Core values:

  1. Support the rights of all individuals in the dry-lands to fully participate in their development.
  2. Promote transparency, accountability, collaboration and synergy of dry-land actors.

DLCI is in the process of securing funding to carry out its core activities.  However organisations that are interested engaging with DLCI are encouraged to contact DLCI for further information and to build resources for this into their funding proposals.

What we do

In recent years REGLAP has focused on two main areas:

  1. Provide learning support and targeted documentation on dry-land issues: via regional learning groups, an annual journal, technical briefs, good practice principles and strategic studies. Study areas included: land fragmentation, gender, integrated planning, the challenges of crop agriculture and improved data collection on pastoralists.  A number of synthesis documents provided key reference materials for dry-land resilience.
  2. Advocate on priority issues relating to dry-land resilience in each country and regionally: via policy briefs, direct lobbying/influencing, media training, workshops, capacity building of CSOs, and support to national and regional governmental organisations.

DLCI is building on the mandate and work of REGLAP, and will focus on the following key activities:

Building community capacities for evidence-based advocacy

  1. Capacity building support for active dry-land advocacy organisations at country and regional level to co-ordinate and improve strategies for community capacity building in policy engagement, including collaborative development of tools and materials.
  2. Support to improved engagement of communities with policy processes at national and regional levels.

Strengthening knowledge for evidence-based advocacy

  1. Training of strategic decision makers on evidence based policy and practice for the dry-lands.
  2. Review of good practice approaches for the development of joint advocacy strategies on critical resilience issues, for example:

- Education: integrated and more effective education provision for the drylands (including the use of new technologies and innovations).

-  Water and irrigation: strengthening the evidence base for more appropriate water and irrigation development in the drylands.

- Land: the protection of key strategic grazing, mobility and marketing routes and community decision making and compensation on land acquisitions.